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Class 3 pupils in western Kenya cannot satisfactorily do class 2 work

08 September 2015, 11:59 Jane Zack

Busia - An Annual Assessment Report released by Twaweza Uwezo Kenya countrywide has revealed that majority of standard three pupils in four counties in Western Kenya cannot do class two work.

In Busia, only 17 out of every 100 class three pupils can do class two work which is below the national average level of 32.

The report released by Busia Deputy Governor, Kizito Wangalwa and Agricultural Training Centre saw Busia ranked 42 out of 47 counties in the country.

Vihiga is the second poorest with only 19 pupils out of 100 being able to do class two work, ranking 37 countrywide.

The report indicates that Bungoma County is ranked 32 with only 23 pupils in class three being able to do class two work while Kakamega is ranked 30 with 24 pupils who are capable of doing class one work.

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Nyeri was the strongest county in the country in term of learning outcomes with 58 out of every 100 children in class three able to do class two work. Kajiado was second with 54 while Nairobi was ranked third with 52.

The report, as at December 2013 revealed that one out of every five children in class three was able to do class two work. The best performing sub-County was Bunyala with 3 out of 10 children able to do class two work.

Governor Sospeter Ojaamong was represented by his Chief Officer, Ezekiel Okwach at the function also attended by the new County Director Education, Rebecca Butalanyi and County TSC Director Beatrice Lukalo.

Teachers and pupils daily attendance in most schools in Busia County was about 90 percent but the performance was wanting. Children who are out of school are aged between 6 and 13 years.

Butalanyi said, "Schools in the county are underperforming due to limited support, lack of public libraries, huge fees arrears, shortage of trained teachers, discipline problems, drug abuse, inadequate funding and high number of orphans and vulnerable children."

She said boda boda menace, child labour, cross border illicit trade by the youths, lack of sanitary towels, poverty, economic challenges, disco matanga and lack of independent female teachers in leadership positions.

Wangalwa said lack of women teachers to take up leadership positions in the County was attributed to fear of men to marry women looking upwards on academic ladder.

Lukalo regretted that female teachers had also become drug addicts and appealed to the County Government to build a rehabilitation center, adding that they are ready to give such teachers three months leave to undergo counseling at the center.

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